Hello! I have already posted this in WW2Talk and a few other places, my excuses if you've seen this before but considering the demographics in WW2F I would ask you the kindness to consider the below. --- I wish to start up my cottage industry, I am working on the masters for a series of resin short-run models done entirely by myself, decals and all. Model design is being made out of my sofa using a freeware CAD application (Dassault Systèmes Draftsight), producton in my garage, litterally. Distribution hopefully worldwide. No outsourcing to China nor Timbuktu! So what's the catch ? I'm already under the impression that making models of American airplanes is a can of worms bigger than those in Dune, as Boeing holds the rights to their own, but also Douglas (as in A-29 Boston), North American (as in P-51, Skyraider, A-26), Sikorsky, etc, etc, etc. The other day I picked up a P-51 plastic kit and it had a sticker saying "Licensed by Boeing". In the worst case I suppose that if I want to sell a range based on the Mariannas Turkey Shoot I can do only the Turkeys, not the Shooters (assuming Messrs Mitsibishi, Nakajima et al don't go after me!), as I don't want Northrop-Grumman breathing on my neck! I've found in the Net a 2005 version of the Boeing License Agreement which will surely be out of date. At the time the most onerous clauses were an up-front fee of US$1000, plus 4% on your invoincing! Fine for the big boys but not for me. Oh, and they also required an insurance for US$2 million! Now I ask you, who is going to insure me for 2 million bucks and how much will it cost me? Risible! But anyway I hope that is not dedicated to the model indutry, perhaps more to the airliner component suppliers or something of the sort. ---- One WW2Talk member (thank you, Martijn!) was particularly helpful. This being his specific branch, his valued opinion is: "According to the worldwide Berne Convention on copyright, ... In all European member states, copyrights held by companies (regardless of where they are based) expire after 70 years, counting from January 1st following the actual date of first public appearan"ce. For modellers, this means that any plane, vehicle, tank that appeared in public prior to January 1st, 1944, is now without copyright protection. And as of 1 January 2015, a new range of objects, viz., those that appeared in 1945, can be produced and distributed freely in Europe." But... "I just checked US law, and this is somewhat disappointing. US copyright law provides protection for items that were developed before 1976 (when they changed the law) for a period of 95 years starting on 1 January following the date of first appearance. This means that today only stuff older than 1 January 1919 is in the public domain. So, if you decide to make and sell models of objects that were first made between 01-01-1919 and 01-01-1944, don't produce them in the US and don't sell them there." ... "I think you will remain on the safe side using a disclaimer like "for copyright reasons models of US designed planes are not for sale in the the US or delivered to customers in the US", both on your website (I suppose you will be advertising on the internet) and on the box in which your products will be delivered. It is sad for the US residents, indeed. But on the other hand, it was their own legislator that gave this long term protection to their own companies..." ... "Of course, as always with copyright and other types of legal protection, it all depends on whether the rightholders think it worthwhile to send their legal sharks out. Sometimes you'll have bad luck, as was referred to in some of the earlier posts in this thread. And sometimes the companies don't bother, or even are happy that their designs are famous in the modellers' world since that may add to their reputation. You never can tell." So what is the opinion of the USians among you? Tora Tora Tora with Zeros, Vals and Kates only ?